What is Guided Math?
Guided Math is a structure for teaching whereby a teacher supports each child’s development of mathematical proficiency at increasing levels of difficulty, within the context of a small group. It is premised on the idea that working with children in small groups, provides powerful possibilities for reaching all children where they enter and taking them to the next level. In Guided Math groups, students engage in standards-based, rigorous, engaging meaning making learning opportunities where the teacher focuses on a particular concept, strategy or skill. Teachers facilitate this learning through hands-on, scaffolded conversations and intensive questioning.
Guided math provides a structure for teachers to differentiate instruction so they can reach and teach every student by:
• Providing immediate feedback so the student can adjust their work
• Questioning students in small groups so they have an opportunity to talk with their peers, ask questions and justify their mathematical thinking
• Providing short lessons that emphasize conceptual understanding, procedural fluency or problem solving
• Scaffolding lessons so that they can be taught at a concrete level, pictorial level or abstract level.